Monday, 14 December 2009

Jim takes it on the chin

Dumbarton boss Jim Chapman has been pretty forthright in deflecting the blame from his players for Saturday's extremely disappointing 3-0 home defeat, at the hands of East Fife, and taking it upon himself. There seems to be a trend among supporters in modern football that a bad result or an uninspiring run is some kind of global catastrophe that calls for desertions, resignations and shamings. Passionate though I am about the game, and the Sons, I've never shared that philosophy. As Ken Loach remarks in a recent documentary, "football is a real gym of the emotions", but not letting them carry you away is (as in life) a difficult but worthwhile art to learn. So is perspective. In this case, Sons are still in a pretty good place in the second division. A point away against Stirling Albion and a win against Alloa on Saturday (I'll be there for that one) would put a very different complexion on things. The Binos and the Wasps will both be tough, however. The games against Clyde and Stenhousemuir are probably even more important, because these teams are below us - and we definitely want to keep it that way.

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